OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Costa Rica

OSU: Forestry - Costa Rica (Natural Resources Conservation)

Program Administrator: 
OSU
Country: 
Costa Rica
Host Institution: 

This OSU Hybrid E-Campus course will occur online for the first 9 weeks of fall term 2014 followed by 10 days (Dec 11-21) in Costa Rica, hosted by the Monteverde Institute.

Location: 

Online and Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

Duration: 
Fall term
Language: 
English
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US Students
Housing: 
Other
Requirement: 

To be considered for acceptance into this special section of FOR 365, students must meet the following requirements:

  • be at least sophomore class standing by the beginning of fall term 2014
  • maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • have a clear conduct record at OSU
  • submit all application materials by the due dates
  • participate in an interview by the program coordinator, if requested
  • communicate with a positive attitude
Program Details: 

Do you have a desire to explore an international locale? What to see where your bananas, coffee, and almonds come from?  And at the same time, meet your Contemporary Global Issues Bacc Core course out of the way?  Then the hybrid course FOR365 – Costa Rica may be your ticket to learning and adventure.

FOR 365, Issues in Natural Resources Conservation, explores current and historical human uses of resources and how we can develop sustainable solutions to resource consumption. This Hybrid Course (part online, part face-to-face) will be online for the first nine weeks of the term.  Then, grab your passport, pack your warm weather wear, and head to the airport.  The class will meet face-to-face in Costa Rica, arriving in the Central Valley, traveling to the Caribbean Coastal Plain, up and around the volcanic spine of Central America to the Pacific Coast.  Along the way we will explore fruit and coffee plantations, explore the mysteries of the Cloud Forests (Bosques Nubosos), and learn about sea turtle conservation.  En route we will also dive into the global perspectives of the environmental, economic, and social issues that worked on during the online class portion.

This course will be an affordable way to knock out some of your required credits, have a meaningful international experience (not a resort vacation) and a good bit of fun, and maybe ignite your inner passion for Natural Resource Conservation.  Most of the costs of the class and the trip are allowable educational expenses and covered by financial aid.  Intrigued?  Contact the instructor Ron Reuter (ron.reuter@oregonstate.edu).

The course is planned expecting students to arrive at San Jose International Airport in the central valley and depart from Liberia International Airport on the Pacific Coast.  Students that are planning to arrive prior to the in-country component or depart later than the end of class are responsible for being in San Jose for the first night of the group program and/or must arrange their on transportation for after the last day of the program.

We will be staying at a combination of hotels and ecological study areas.  The hotels will likely be doubles and triples and the study areas will have bunk-style lodging.  Depending on enrollment, there may be an option to pay extra for a single room for a few of the nights of lodging.

The program dates are December 11-21, 2014.

TO APPLY:

All OSU students are required to complete the OSU Online Study Abroad Application. By completing this online application, a non-refundable, $50 application fee will be charged to your OSU student account.

http://studyabroad.oregonstate.edu/apply/

In addition to submitting this online application, please respond to the essay prompts below. All essays should be saved into one PDF document titled with the applicants first and last name. Email the PDF to Ron Reuter (Ron.Reuter@oregonstate.edu) by midnight (PST) on June 23, 2014.

1. Please write a brief autobiographical sketch that includes your personal history/family background, where you currently live, your work/educational experience, previous travel experience and other factors which have influenced your personal development. (approximately 1 page)

2. FOR 365 (Issues in Natural Resources Conservation) is offered on campus in Bend in addition to being a hybrid course. This Costa Rica Hybrid Course is the first time that FOR 365 will have an international travel component. Please explain why you decided to participate in this special section of FOR 365 and how you will actively contribute to this course.  (approximately 1 page)

3. This course is a hybrid course that requires commitment to online learning and self-pacing to ensure success.  While the Costa Rica component is a highlight, the first 9 weeks of the course are vital to making Costa Rica a meaningful experience.  Explain your experience with online learning communities and how much time you expect to commit to this course during the term.  What are your expectations for how this course will impact your OSU education and professional goals?  (approximately 1 page)

Program Costs: 

The course has a built-in course fee that is paid to OSU to cover the costs of the on-the-ground program which includes lodging, most food, and transportation during the 11 day program.  For 2014, this is projected to be $1600.  You are responsible for paying airfare (depending on when purchased and where you are flying from between $600 and $1000).  You have to have a passport (first-time costs ~$135).  There is an exit fee that you need to pay Costa Rica (typically at the airport) that is currently $28.  The course is run through Ecampus, so you pay for three credits with Ecampus which is in-state tuition plus a per-credit charge of $75. 

Summary of estimated costs:

E campus tution for three credits + e-campus fee: $780
Program Fee (lodging, in-country transportation, field excursions, most meals) - charged to the student account: $1600
Airfare to Costa Rica - paid by student: $600-1200
Passport - paid by student: $135
OSU required safety and risk insurance - charge placed on student account: $60
Costa Rica exit fee - paid by the student: $28
Personal expenses - paid by the student: $50

Once OSU International Programs has confirmation of your enrollment, they alert the Financial Aid office of the costs of the program, airfare, and passport.  Financial Aid will reassess your FAFSA and provide you access to more funding if you are eligible.  You will then be able to use those funds to cover course costs.

For GI Bill coverage of program fees, you need to check in with you GI Bill Certifying Official to see what is allowed to be covered by your GI Bill funds.

Academic emphasis: 
Ag. Business Mgt
Environ. Econ. Policy
Environ. Science
Fisheries & Wildlife
Natural Resources

SAS: Semester At Sea

Program Administrator: 
Semester at Sea
Country: 
Multiple Countries
Host Institution: 

Semester at Sea is a pioneer and leader in global, comparative education—a form of international study that focuses on surveying the world's peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions. Global, comparative education is the element that distinguishes Semester at Sea from other study abroad programs. Operating a traveling shipboard campus allows diverse learning communities to live and learn in close quarters as they travel the world, and SAS provides opportunities for intensive engagement, reflection, interaction, and exchange that simply aren't available with other programs. Field-based, experiential learning is a vital component of Semester at Sea. The ship becomes a campus where participants study in a traditional setting, while the world is transformed into an academic laboratory where students earn 20% of their grade. Field Labs are designed and led by a faculty member who has expertise in a particular culture, location, or subject matter. These in-port labs enhance and explore course content. SAS directed trips are led by staff or faculty. May be recommended by a faculty member as an excellent complement to a student's syllabus. Independent Practica are opportunities for a participant to conduct independent research. Requires faculty approval to count as fulfillment of field requirement.

Click here for a presentation from an OSU Student who participated in this program.

Location: 

Classes and residences are on board the MV Explorer, a 590-foot ship made into a floating campus. There are seven decks, student residences, dining halls, a library, recreational facilities, and more. Check out the Semester at Sea website for more information! There are voyages summer, fall, and spring with different routes around the world. The destinations vary slightly every year. While in port, students have the choice to stay in country or on the ship.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Language: 
English
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US and International Students
Housing: 
Other
Requirement: 

Minimum 2.75 GPA, Consistent full time student status where one full term has been completed, 300-500 word essay.
See the Semester at Sea Application Checklist for more information on application requirements.

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Details: 

Please see the Semester at Sea website for more information.
See the SAS video to learn more about the program.

Program Costs: 

Please see the Semester at Sea website for program cost details
$350 per term OSU Education Abroad Administration Fee

Academic emphasis: 
American Studies
Anthropology
Applied Visual Arts
Art
Biology
Business Admin.
Civil Eng.
Earth Science
Economics
English
Environ. Science
Ethnic Studies
Fisheries & Wildlife
General Science
Geography
History
Housing Studies
Interior Design
Int'l Business
Liberal Studies
Management
Marketing
Music
Natural Resources
New Media Comm.
Philosophy
Political Science
Public Health
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish
Speech Comm.
Women Studies

API: Costa Rica, San Jose

Program Administrator: 
API
Country: 
Costa Rica
Host Institution: 

The Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), located two miles from downtown San José in San Pedro. UCR is recognized nationally and internationally for its superior academic achievements and is the oldest university in the country. More than 30,000 students attend the university, which includes a large international student population. The nation’s respect for the environment is apparent on the campus. Lush green areas give students peaceful places to gather, socialize and study. San Pedro is a lively area, characterized primarily by the university community. Bookstores, shopping areas, coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment centers are abound in the campus area. The streets of San Pedro come alive at night with students gathering and socializing, making the area a center of student life.

Location: 

Located in the central valley of Costa Rica, San José is a vibrant urban center in the heart of a serene and beautiful nation. Three volcanoes surround the city, and quaint villages, farms and coffee plantations dot the hillsides. Though the metropolitan area is home to 36% of the nation’s population, one can easily explore the smaller central area of the city and discover its neighborhood markets and local restaurants. Cultural opportunities abound in this city, which has become a top destination for travelers. Visit the Museo Nacional; the Museo de Oro Precolombino, with its sparkling collection of pre-Columbian gold; or the Museo de Jade, which boasts the world’s largest collection of jade. Enjoy offerings in theater, music, cinema and dance. San José is an ideal starting point to explore Costa Rica.

Need help selecting a program in Costa Rica?  Click here.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Academic year
Summer
Language: 
Spanish
Class Format: 
Classes with Host-Country and International Students
Housing: 
Host Family
Requirement: 

See API website for the requirements of each program.

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Details: 

Visit the API website for more details.

Program Costs: 

For specific program costs, vist the API website.
For API scholarships, visit the API scholarship page.

Academic emphasis: 
Anthropology
Applied Visual Arts
Art
Biology
Bioresource Res.
Botany
Business Admin.
Digital Comm Art
Economics
Education
English
Environ. Econ. Policy
Environ. Science
History
Music
Philosophy
Political Science
Public Health
Psychology
Rec. Resource Mgt
Sociology
Spanish
Speech Comm.
Sustainability
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

OSU: Costa Rica (World Languages and Cultures)

Program Administrator: 
College/Departmental Program (OSU)
Country: 
Costa Rica
Host Institution: 

For more information contact the program coordinator, Angela Palacios.

Location: 

Set in a spectacular valley and surrounded by mountains, San José is Costa Rica’s capital city. It has both peaceful colonial-era neighborhoods and a hectic downtown. Thanks to its status as a travel hub, San José is an excellent place from which to explore the rest of Costa Rica.

Need help selecting a program in Costa Rica?  Click here.

Duration: 
Summer
Language: 
Spanish
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US Students
Housing: 
Host Family
Requirement: 

Completion of SPAN 213 prior to the beginning of the program
Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 in college level Spanish

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Contact: 
Program Details: 

Visit the Department of World Languages & Cultures website.

Program Costs: 

Contact the Program Coordinator, Angela Palacios, or the World Laguages & Cultures.

Academic emphasis: 
Spanish

API: Costa Rica, San Joaquin De Flores

Program Administrator: 
API
Country: 
Costa Rica
Host Institution: 

The Instituto San Joaquín de Flores is located in a colonial-style building built specifically to be an academic and language school. The building has large windows that overlook the distant mountains and volcanoes. It is a two-story building with classrooms, lounges, and study areas on each floor. Lush gardens with tropical plants, fruit trees, and orchids surround the school. Faculty from the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Costa Rica teach the courses at the Institute.

Location: 

A charming, colorful, and quaint colonial town located 10 miles from San José. A town surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of Costa Rica. Small setting and slower pace of life allow for exceptional opportunities for linguistic and cultural integration. Leisurely strolls through the streets will lead to encounters with friendly people, young and old. Everything can be reached on foot and along the way you'll see historic landmarks and buildings from the 18th century. Discover the culture of the people and the town through fairs, festivals and religious holidays throughout the year. Get a view of true Costa Rican life in the nearby countryside, with coffee plantations and tropical flora. Easy access to National Parks and beautiful beaches. Explore endless opportunities to discover the culture, beauty and history of San Joaquín de Flores and Costa Rica.

Need help selecting a program in Costa Rica?  Click here.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Academic year
Summer
Language: 
Spanish
Class Format: 
Classes with US and Host-Country Students
Housing: 
Host Family
Requirement: 

2.75 GPA
Completion of one year of Spanish Language study

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Details: 

Visit the API website

Program Costs: 

Visit the API website

Academic emphasis: 
Biology
Earth Science
English
Forestry
Geology
History
Spanish
Speech Comm.

IFSA-Butler: Costa Rica, Heredia, Universidad Nacional

Country: 
Costa Rica
Host Institution: 

Universidad Nacional

Location: 

Heredia is home to an exceptionally welcoming community. This lovely town is characterized by beautiful historic buildings, some dating from the town's colonial days. Heredia is surrounded on nearly all sides by coffee plantations that give the city a rural feel, yet with plenty of amenities.

Need help selecting a program in Costa Rica?  Click here.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Academic year
Language: 
Spanish
Class Format: 
Classes with US and Host-Country Students
Housing: 
Host Family
Requirement: 

Two years college-level Spanish
3.0 minimum GPA

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Details: 

Visit the IFSA Butler website

Program Costs: 

Visit the IFSA Butler website

Academic emphasis: 
Biology
Bioresource Res.
Environ. Science
History
Natural Resources
Spanish
Sustainability

CIEE: Costa Rica, Monteverde

Program Administrator: 
CIEE
Country: 
Costa Rica
Host Institution: 

CIEE study center in Monteverde

Location: 

The CIEE Study Center in Monteverde, Costa Rica is located in a small, friendly, bilingual community surrounded by a cloud forest reserve. The temperature is a comfortable 70° F during the day. Monteverde is free of biting insects and green all year. National Geographic Magazine has recognized Monteverde as one of the ten most beautiful places in the world.

Need help selecting a program in Costa Rica?  Click here.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Summer
Language: 
English
Language: 
Spanish
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US Students
Housing: 
Varies
Requirement: 

Two semesters college-level biology. One additional semester of ecology or environmental science recommended
Some college-level Spanish recommended
2.75 minimum GPA

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Details: 

Visit the CIEE Website for specific program details:
Sustainability and the Environment
Tropical Ecology and Conservation (summer)

Program Costs: 

Visit the CIEE Website for costs of specific programs:
Sustainability and the Environment
Tropical Ecology and Conservation (summer)

Academic emphasis: 
Biology
Bioresource Res.
Earth Science
Environ. Econ. Policy
Environ. Science
Fisheries & Wildlife
Natural Resources
Spanish
Sustainability
Zoology

SFS: Costa Rica (Sustainable Development Studies)

Program Administrator: 
SFS
Country: 
Costa Rica
Host Institution: 

School for Field Studies research station

Location: 

The Center for Sustainable Development Studies is a small farm on a hillside with spectacular views overlooking the Rio Grande River in the fertile Central Valley. The field station is part of the small neighborhood of La Presa/Los Angeles. The town of Atenas is a short walk from the field station.

 

Need help selecting a program in Costa Rica?  Click here.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Summer
Language: 
English
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US Students
Housing: 
Residence Hall
Requirement: 

Applicants must have completed at least one college level course in ecology or environmental studies, and are encouraged to have taken coursework in international development, economics or anthropology
Students must have completed at least one college level course in Spanish or otherwise demonstrate a working knowledge of conversational Spanish prior to participating

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Details: 

Visit the SFS website

Program Costs: 

Visit the SFS website

Academic emphasis: 
Anthropology
Biology
Bioresource Res.
Crop & Soil Sci.
Environ. Econ. Policy
Environ. Science
General Science
Natural Resources
Rec. Resource Mgt
Renewable Mat.
Spanish
Sustainability